RUDOLPH’S SUMMER FUN

“The Open Road”
Writer & Artist: Sheldon Mayer

Rudolph and Grover the Groundhog are on vacation. They are flying on a bicycle helicopter contraption. They set up camp and catch some fish for a nice dinner. A wandering hobo named Mr. Cat smells the fish and comes up with a plan to impersonate a game warden to get free fish. Only when he shows up the friendly Rudolph and Grover invite him to dinner. Mr. Cat decides to steal the bike. First he fakes the dishes being stolen by a moose. Then he jumps on the bike and takes off. Our naive friends want to help so they build a glider and go after Cat. They catch up and find the dishes in his coat. Being so trustworthy they think Cat recovered them and take him with them on their vacation.

“The Lady on Liberty Island!”
Writer & Artist: Sheldon Mayer

The three visit the Statue of Liberty. Cat comes up with a scam. He convinces the two that he bought the Statue of Liberty because the government was replacing it with a plastic one. Now he is broke and the statue is bound for the junk heap. So he gives them the statute so they can take it to the North Pole. He then trades a tugboat for their bike. He convinces them that the island is a raft and can be towed. The tugboat is also not his. So Cat takes off just as a hurricane arrives. Cat crashes the bike through the Coast Guard station and picks up a Captain. It then crashes on the tugboat which in the storm washes up on the ferry. The real owner is on the ferry and has Rudolph, Grover and Cat arrested. Luckily Rudolph’s nose guides the ferry to safety and they are released as heroes and given a sailboat to return home. Cat is forced to work on the tugboat.

“Homeward Bound…But”
Writer & Artist: Sheldon Mayer

Rudolph and Grover are sailing home. A seagull conspires with a porpoise to guide the two to a different destination. Using a magnet they guide the boat to Animal Island. Here animals that once worked for humans now live. They are convinced that Rudolph can save their island from disappearing. They see for themselves when a rope bridge disappears before their eyes. Rudolph finds out it is termites that are eating the wooden things on the island. He negotiates a treaty where the termites will not eat the animal’s things if the animals don’t step on their homes.

“Funland!”
Writer & Artist: Sheldon Mayer

Puzzles and games. Includes a board game. Some paper tricks. Riddles and connect the dots.

So I decided to do another extra Christmas review. This Rudolph occurs in the summer and I believe it came out in the summer. An odd choice for a Rudolph comic but I remember getting it since I liked the last Treasury edition comic I got. I have to say that Rudolph and Grover are dumb as wall paste. Mr. Cat who just looks real shady should be enough reason not to trust him. I mean the Statue of Liberty being sold to him. Really how dumb do you have to be. I guess God does watch out for the stupid since they come out okay. A fun little past from my childhood and kind of has a Christmas theme.

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RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER

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“Only Two Days to Christmas”
Writer & Artist: Sheldon Mayer

It is two days before Christmas and the elves are finished wrapping all the presents. So for the first time Santa and the crew have some free time and decide to have a Christmas party. The party wakes up Baddy Bear who is hibernating in his cave under Santa’s workshop. Baddy wakes up and thinks that an intruder is in his cave. He accidently breaks his honey barrels in the dark and thinks that his footprints are intruders. As he goes around following them the footprints grow in number and he is convinced there are many bandits.

So in a panic he goes to Santa. Santa and Rudolph go to investigate. Meanwhile Grover a talking beaver gets an army formed with the elves and reindeer to fight the bandits. Using Santa’s suspenders they create a giant slingshot that fires bowling balls. Meanwhile Rudolph and Santa stumble around in the dark. Rudolph accidentally bumps his nose causing it to go out. In the dark both Santa and Rudolph fight each other thinking they are bandits. Santa also steps in the honey and leaves footprints and thinks they are from the bandits.

So eventually the whole thing gets into a crazy battle between the various players. Rudolph finally figures it out and creates a cut out of the bandits that he projects with his nose. Thinking the bandits retreated Santa gives out medals to everyone except Rudolph who wasn’t present. With everyone thinking Rudolph is a coward he goes to bed. Eventually the others figure out what happened and melt their medals down to form one big medal to give to Rudolph the real hero.

“Giants Problem”
Writer & Artist: Sheldon Mayer

Grover invents a device that can instantly teleport any object. He wants to use it on Santa’s sleigh. Instead it only transports things into a tree. The tree snaps back and sends the sleigh into the forbidden forest. The forest is home to a giant Eskimo named Big Noodik. Big Noodik thinks that the sleigh is an ice skate and plans to wait for Santa to deliver the other. After some failed attempts to rescue the sleigh, Rudolph gets a message to Santa who brings Noodik two sleighs he can use as skates.

“Take Your Pencil and Find Your Way to Funland!!”

A collection of puzzles and games. A maze where 10 minutes to complete is excellent and 30 means your a complete loser. I see I did do this but history doesn’t record what my time was. A find the twins where you need to pick out the two exact pictures of Santa from a group of seven. Rudolph’s Party Riddles with such gems as “What Stinks and says Oops, Sorry!” Answer: A polite Bee!” Or What has four legs, A trunk and is not an elephant? Answer: Two Tourists. Yep, and these are the best. A step by step instructions on how to draw Grover the talking beaver. Santa’s Safety Target Game. Flip a penny on a target for points. Party Hats from Discarded Christmas Wrappings. How to make hats like elf or cowboy hat from paper plates. Try Making Flippies. Two pictures of Baddy Bear and Grover sawing a log. Flipping the pictures will make a moving image. Finally a connect the dots which we find out how Rudolph and Grover appear to be standing in the air. Answer they’re on an airplane.

So since Christmas is around the corner I decided to do this old gem from my childhood. Yes the story is real corny but it amused me at that young age. Just a fun and goofy comic. So Merry Christmas to you all.